Oklahoma might restrict some forms of gambling, but it has fast become the US capital of tribal casinos, with literally dozens of Native American casinos operating within state lines.
In fact, collectively, the state’s tribal casino scene is a multi-billion-dollar industry on its own.
Although horse racing betting is permitted, dog racing is illegal, as is social gambling among family and friends. The daily fantasy sports industry has not yet been addressed by the
Oklahoma Gambling Laws – Summary and Look to the Future
As with many other US states, Oklahoma’s constitution does not directly address the burgeoning online gambling industry. However, the state’s penal code does state that “any machine, instrument, mechanism, or devices that operates or may be played or operated mechanically, electronically, automatically, or manually” is prohibited.
Unlike comparable US states, Oklahoma does have one case of an individual being prosecuted on three counts of illegal online gambling, including “using a computer to gamble”.
However, many people are hapy to continue playing casino games, online poker and placing sportsbook wagers with offshore platforms.
Oklahoma Gambling Laws – A Brief History
- 1916 – All forms of gambling prohibited by the state.
- 1983 – Horse Racing Act passed by Congress.
- 2004 – Establishment of tribal casinos passed by Congress.
- 2005 – State-operated Oklahoma Lottery founded.
- 2013 – Tribal casinos permitted to offer online gambling games to overseas customers, but not Oklahoma residents.
- 2014 – Record $4.2 billion annual revenues generated by state’s tribal casinos.
- 2016 – Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma unveils global online poker room.
What Types of Gambling are Legal in Oklahoma?
- Casino Gambling – There are many casinos in Oklahoma and all are on tribal land though some are run by the major casino corporations. Oklahoma has all of the traditional card games but Craps and Roulette are played with cards instead of a dice and wheel and each game is taxed individually so players must post the tax every hand they play. The tax is .50 on blackjack and $1 on roulette and craps.
- Sports Betting – Sports betting is legal in Oklahoma on horse racing and there are three
- racetracks throughout the state. Oklahoma has introduced a sports betting bill but it hasn’t passed yet. You can follow the latest developments on sports betting in Oklahoma here.
- Online Betting – The only current online betting in Oklahoma is on horse racing and the only site that operates there in Twin Spires. You can follow any updates on Online betting in Ohio here.
- Daily Fantasy – The Oklahoma legislature hasn’t done anything to say DFS doesn’t fall under skill gaming so the large DFS sites like Fanduel and Draft Kings accept players from there.
- Poker – Poker is legal in Oklahoma at the 17 poker rooms located in the state.
- Bingo – Bingo is legal in Oklahoma for Charities but they must have a license which have an annual fee attached.
- Lottery – Lottery tickets are available in Oklahoma but the primary drawings are the interstate lotteries like Powerball and Mega Millions.